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Buyer Beware Pick Of The Week: Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

By Travis Pulver - 5 years ago in Daily Fantasy, NFL News

Buyer Beware Pick Of The Week: Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

With the Tennessee Titans ruling DeMarco Murray out, Derrick Henry will be the workhorse in the backfield for the Titans Sunday when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, will he be able to do enough damage to be relevant in daily fantasy leagues?

Henry has run well in most of the limited time he saw this season. He gashed the mighty Jacksonville defense for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries back in Week Two. But the Jaguars defense has gelled since then and is playing much better.

So, is Derrick Henry a good start?

You can look at what he did in part-time duty back in Week Two and say heck yeah. When you consider that he’s averaged 4.7 yards a carry with sporadic work (148 total carries) over the course of the season, it is even easier to assume that he’ll be just fine.

However, the Week 17 Jaguars defense is not the same as the Week Two Jags defense. The unit as a whole is much, much better than it was a few months ago. But the strength of their defense is against the pass.

Through the first 15 games of the season, the Jaguars run defense is ranked 21st and gives up 116.3 yards/game.

But isn’t this game meaningless for the Jags?

Win or lose, the Jaguars playoff fate does not change. They don’t need to win, and it doesn’t matter if they lose. But head coach Doug Marrone is not happy with what he’s seen lately out of his team. He says they will be playing to win.

That could mean many things. It could mean the starters play until one team has a commanding lead over the other. It could be a complete smokescreen, and they don’t play at all. It could mean the ‘healthy’ guys play while some sit.

Henry week 17

So….

There are better options than Derrick Henry. Yes, there is a chance he plays well. But your better off going with Frank Gore against the Texans or Carlos Hyde against the Rams. Leave Henry on the bench and roll with someone else.

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